An alarming rate of Florida holidaymakers are not being stopped by coronavirus, according to reports.
The threat of the pandemic is not preventing people from partying in large groups. This follows from all social distancing measures being lifted in September 2020, allowing local authorities to set their own restrictions as they see fit. Events like St Patrick’s Day and Spring Break are causing concern.
“We’re seeing too much spring break activity,“ Dan Gerber, the Miami Beach said on CNN on Saturday. “We’ve got a problem with too many people coming here. We’ve got a problem with too many people coming here to let loose.”
“We are concerned.” he said, “It’s very challenging.”
The situation is mirroring the one last year, where tourists expressed to CBS that were not going to let COVID-19 from stopping them from partying, “If I get corona, I get corona,” he said. “I’m not going to let it stop me from partying.” These gatherings were largely derided by scientists and healthcare professionals.
It embodies the debate surrounding social distancing restrictions. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has ruled out reintroducing a lockdown or further travel restrictions while president Joe Biden has not advised lifting restrictions, advising caution over haste.
Fears are heightened by Florida being one of the worst infected epidemics during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. On 1 March cases were standing at 1,700 and rose to 5,473 on 30 March. Some of the California cases were traced back to a “Winter Party Festival” in Miami, according to the New York Times.